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formerly known as Kyetpyay, Pyinmana or Kyatpyay, Pyinmana). The government allowed Top Gear to shoot a special in 2015.
Myanmar's capital is six time larger than NYC, but has no one.
The city stretches over 789 sq. km and is home to 8.6 million inhabitants. In contrast, London, at 1,572 sq. km, is twice as large as New York City, but has a very similar number of inhabitants to New York. Just 8.67 million of them. Sydney? Sydney stretches over 12,368 km2.
Playing with just over 5 million players. Sidney seems quite empty. What if I tell you that there's a town almost as big as Sydney, with less than 20% of the world? The capital of Myanmar (formerly Burma) is Naypyidaw. And while the newly built metropolis has 22-lane motorways and an infra-structure for several hundred million inhabitants..... it has a total of less than one million inhabitants.
This is the "official" number of the government's inhabitants. Myanmar is a state like North Korea in the way that it has never been able to fully develop a democratic system; a strong army system oversees the whole of Myanmar and the tribe, desperately seeking to make changes politically, has been plagued by decade-long wars.
Whilst some parts of Myanmar are a synonym for destitution and restlessness, the new capital is incredibly empty of people. Viral Thread says there are on the whole few employees of the state. A decade ago, the Chinese authorities made the strange move of the country's capital from Yangon to Naypyidaw - a strange move, as no one had ever known.
It has built a capital in the heart of nowhere, equipped with a pet park, four playing holes and lightning-fast Wi-Fi. It is said that the abandoned 22-lane motorways were built in such a way that airplanes could end up in the case of a protests against the state. The Top Gear was permitted by the goverment to shoot a feature in 2015.
I think this is the first town to be constructed in advance of the coming one.... but the coming one is not yet here," continues Dr Cliff.